Predictable Donald Trump

By now, we’ve seen exactly how Donald Trump reacts in any given situation, except losing an actual election with real, actual voters. But we can predict how he might react given his history.

Trump plays by a very narrow set of rules, which he set out decades ago in his book “The Art of the Deal.” Everything about his run at the White House follows these rules, which have, so far, worked pretty well for him.

In a nutshell, he always follows this 5-step formula:

  1. Stake out a position and make it newsworthy. Like “ban all Muslims” or “build a beautiful wall.” Make a statement that deflects the control stick to the stop and firewall the throttle, and people will flock to either agree or oppose you. Nobody says “meh” to Trump.
  2. Attract supporters. Those who agree usually agree vehemently, so Trump gets one-issue proponents to self-select to his position. These include the alt.right moonbats who call conservatives “cucks” and the racial purity skinheads (are they the same people?), along with not quite a few Christians who don’t buy into the hate but sympathize with the anti-PC nature of the message.
  3. Find a consensus. Without apology or walking back statements, Trump simply keeps talking about all the supporters he has, which psychologically allows those on the edge to slip over the line into his orbit, because they become part of the bandwagon. Trump never directly rebukes the nastier elements of his support, but always plays to the consensus.
  4. Attack opponents. He might love you today and say you’re a stupid jerk who deserves to live under a bridge tomorrow. The attacks are continual and merciless. They’re also predictable to the degree that Time deployed a Trump Insult Generator which does as good as job as he does coming up with them.
  5. Move on. After the issue has played out, he moves on, never allowing the press to take a breath or other candidates to dominate the news cycle for long. Trump is always on the offense.

In response to National Review’s conservative broadside, Trump’s reaction is predictable to a “T.”

Trump:

Insult generator:

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So what will happen if Trump loses Iowa? Wait and see.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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